Gary Weatherford has over 25+ years of experience as a senior executive who excels at leadership, building teams, managing change, and producing extraordinary results at both private and public companies.
He currently advises leaders of small, fast growing companies to assist with strategy, executive development, business planning, and execution. Clients include The Sage Group, BTTR Ventures, Blue Bottle Coffee Company, Fort Point Capital Partners, Altus Traffic Management and Bulls Eye International.
Gary served as COO at Bare Escentuals, a multi-channel cosmetics company, where new operating teams and processes enabled an accelerated IPO creating $2 billion in market value for investors. Under his leadership, the company built and managed operating infrastructure enabling annual sales growth to increase from 50% to 83% (over $250 million).
Prior to Bare Escentuals, Gary served as EVP reporting directly to the CEO of CostPlus, a publicly traded specialty retail chain, with over 200 locations and $1 billion in sales. As a member of the three-person executive team, the company achieved average revenue growth of 20% per year from 1995 – 2004, and average operating profit growth of 24% over the same period. Gary was responsible for leading teams and departments representing 95% of the company’s workforce (approximately 6,000 employees nationwide).
Gary has his BA in Economics & International Relations from San Francisco State University and his MBAE from the University of San Francisco Masagung Graduate School of Management where he received the Dean’s Award for Academic Excellence and Outstanding Student Leadership Award.